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Thursday, January 12

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I have reclaimed my blog after it was 'hijacked'
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Wesport mine protest planned.

A protest group is planning to "indefinitely occupy" Solid Energy's planned Cypress Mine, near Westport, later this month. The move comes after the High Court last month rejected Forest and Bird's appeal against a Environment Court decision for the mine - the last hurdle to the mine going ahead. Solid Energy has already begun planning and preparation work for the mine in the Upper Waimangaroa Valley north of Westport. It plans to progressively mine five million tonnes of coal at Cypress over five years. Save Happy Valley coalition spokeswoman Frances Mountier said the mine would destroy the habitat of native species, pollute local waterways and generally devastate a "beautiful pristine ecosystem". The coalition and other environmental groups intended to occupy the mine site "indefinitely" from January 28 in protest, Ms Mountier said.
Source:NZPA

DoC campsite plan welcomed.

A group representing private campsite owners has welcomed the Department of Conservation's plan to create new camping grounds on public land. Holiday Accommodation Parks Association chief Fergus Brown said he was concerned several campsites had closed recently. There had been increased demand from New Zealanders and international visitors to stay in camping grounds. "We have to make sure that experience is available," he said.
Copyright © 2005, APN Holdings NZ Ltd

Kiwis second on internet list.

New Zealand is second in the world behind Malta for internet penetration, a website monitor reports. Internetworldstats.com says 77.6 per cent of New Zealand's population use the internet, just behind Malta on 78.3 per cent. The other top five are Iceland (76.5 per cent), Sweden (75.2) and Hong Kong (70.7). Australia (68.2) is ninth.
Source:Dominion Post

Concern for tourists as glaciers advance.

The Department of Conservation is worried someone will be killed as giant chunks of ice are falling from rapidly advancing glaciers in the middle of the peak visitor season. Staff believe the risk of ice collapse at the face of both the Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier is high this year and visitors are ignoring warning signs and putting themselves at risk. Both glaciers are advancing at an extraordinary rate of about one metre a week. Fox Glacier is pushing up the sides of the valley, putting stress on the terminal face and causing rock falls and ice collapse.
Source: NZPA

Price hike from Telecom

Telecom is hiking its landline prices. The charge for a standard line rental is rising by up to $2.35 a month. Most subscribers will see their monthly rental rise from $39.85 to $42.40. Wellington and some Christchurch customers will see their bill rise to $34.80 a month.
Copyright 2005 Newstalk ZB News.

Wednesday, January 11

hijacked..!!

My regular blog "Daily New Zealand News" has been hijacked. Clicking on the URL will re-direct you to a porn blog. I apologise for this but we are actively tracking down the person who hijacked my regular blog (and getting very close to a home address)
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Census forms go cyber for first time.

People will be able to fill out their census forms online for the first time this year. The census will be held on Tuesday March 7 and the 6,500 collectors will deliver forms to around 4.2 million people and 1.6 million dwellings. Government statistician Brian Pink says the census is the largest peacetime activity New Zealand ever carries out. He says it provides the most complete picture of life in New Zealand's cities, towns, suburbs and rural areas. Census are done every five years and everyone in New Zealand on census day must take part - including visitors to the country.
Source:RNZ

Senator praises NZ in Afghanistan.

Visiting United States Senator John McCain has praised New Zealand's efforts in reconstruction in Afghanistan. Defence Minister Phil Goff and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters have met with the senator this afternoon. Mr Goff says Senator McCain acknowledged that New Zealand is probably making a disproportionate contribution with our 100 people working in provincial reconstruction in Bamian.
Copyright 2005 Newstalk ZB News.

Extra meningitis jab considered for babies.

Ten people have become infected with the potentially deadly meningococcal B virus after they were fully vaccinated against it, prompting the Ministry of Health to consider a fourth vaccination jab for young children. Medsafe is expected to announce in the next few days whether a fourth immunisation shot will be introduced for babies. National meningococcal vaccine strategy director Dr Jane O'Hallahan said the extra vaccine was only being considered for infants because they were the most vulnerable to the disease.
Source: NZPA

Extra meningitis jab considered for babies.

Ten people have become infected with the potentially deadly meningococcal B virus after they were fully vaccinated against it, prompting the Ministry of Health to consider a fourth vaccination jab for young children. Medsafe is expected to announce in the next few days whether a fourth immunisation shot will be introduced for babies. National meningococcal vaccine strategy director Dr Jane O'Hallahan said the extra vaccine was only being considered for infants because they were the most vulnerable to the disease.
Source: NZPA

'Lame excuses' for not sending frigate, Greens say.

The Green Party has accused the Government of offering "just lame excuses" for not sending a frigate to Antarctic waters where protest ships are facing Japanese whalers. As the confrontation threatened to become more aggressive, the Greens put pressure on the Government to act but ministers have said a frigate would have no authority and might only inflame the situation. Greens leader Jeanette Fitzsimons said today their reasons were "rubbish". "We're not asking the frigate to engage in armed conflict or open fire on any of the ships," she said. "We are simply saying we want it to sit there, watch and use the moral influence of its presence as we did in Mururoa." New Zealand sent a frigate to the pacific atoll in 1973 in protest against French nuclear testing in the Pacific.
Source:NZPA

Child soldiers find new hope in NZ.

Hundreds of refugees who have fled the corrupt regime in Myanmar, formally the country of Burma, have been granted asylum in New Zealand. 250 other Burmese who are all classed as refugees by the United Nations and who are set to arrive in New Zealand over the next seven months. Immigration wont confirm whether the refugees are child soldiers but a Burmese community leader says he has been in touch with refugee contacts and says boy soldiers will make up the majority of the Burmese refugees. About 1,000 Burmese people already live in New Zealand.
Source:One News

Lions unconcerned as zookeeper recovers.

A Wellington zookeeper mauled by a pair of two-year-old lions for more than quarter of an hour is today recovering in Wellington Hospital, while the lions are behaving as if nothing ever happened. Bob Bennett, 54, was cleaning the animals' enclosure just before 2pm yesterday, when the two-year-old African lions – Malik and Zulu – passed through an open gate and attacked him. Zoo staff responded to his cries for help and the animals' trainer was the hero of the day, driving the lions off with a garden hose. Mr Bennett, a 19-year veteran at the zoo, sustained superficial lacerations and a neck injury and was today due to have minor surgery.
Source:NZPA



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